Thursday, April 7, 2016

Short Subject: Pluto’s Sweater (1949)

Minnie knits a sweater and Pluto hates it.

A person or in this case pet getting an ugly sweater they dislike is pretty standard, but what makes this short fun is the various ways Pluto tries to get out of the sweater.  He ties it around a twig, does a cool walk cycle when he gets it off his legs, gets tangled in it several times, and then shrinks it by falling into a puddle.  I also love his attempts to get back inside the front door and Figaro ratting him out when he hides under the couch.

I called the end gag where Figaro ended up in a sweater too though I didn’t think it would be the same one, nor did I call the hooded monster jump scare gag where Pluto scares Minnie while wearing his shrunken sweater.  Figaro instead of having gags of trying to get the sweater off gets some great facial expressions that lets us know that he hates the sweater too.

All in all I thought this was a fun short with some nice animation and a great title card too where it looks like a knitted pattern thus matching the sweater theme.  Nothing groundbreaking, but most shorts aren't, just a fun way to be be entertained for less than ten minutes.     

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